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Using a novel three-dimensional matrix developed by his lab, Whitehead Member Piyush Gupta can now grow and study patient mammary tissues in the lab. Image by Dexter Jin/Whitehead Institute.


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Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist

Celebrating Susan LInDquist

Lab members and alumni, colleagues, and friends celebrated Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist's research legacy at a symposium held on July 7th and 8th, 2017.

In the News

Diagram of how the control of the translation of mRNAs into proteins shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo

June 14, 2017

Elegant switch controls translation in transition from egg to embryo

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have used fruit flies to decipher how one aspect—control of the translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins—shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo.  This type of switch could tell scientists more about how human cells work and embryos develop.


Astronaut and Former Fellow Kate Rubins

Whitehead connects with Kathleen "Kate" Rubins

Join us for a talk with NASA Astronaut and former Whitehead Fellow Kathleen "Kate" Rubins.

Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Whitehead Member David Sabatini awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine

The honor recognizes “an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine”.


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